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Inside The First True Crime Festival

‘Haughty and above it all’: No remorse from killer Luka Magnotta in new book

Deny, deny, deny.

Anyone looking for signs of remorse from Luka Magnotta for killing and dismembering an international student won’t find it in a newly published book that includes extensive interviews with the former escort, who came to be widely known as an attention-seeking narcissist.

“He presents the same way now as he did back then. Rather haughty and above it all,” says true-crime author Brian Whitney, who co-wrote the book with Magnotta’s mother, Anna Yourkin.

Yourkin, who had remained largely out of the spotlight until now, offers in the opening pages of the book “My Son, The Killer” her “deepest condolences” to the family of victim Jun Lin, before going on to describe in detail the “nightmare” she and her family went through.

Through all the grief, anger, depression, shame and fear, she says she has never stopped loving her son and is “proud to be his mother.” She maintains he is “not

Read more at: https://calgaryherald.com/news/canada/haughty-and-above-it-all-no-sign-of-contrition-from-killer-luka-magnotta-in-new-book/wcm/6916d371-d4e9-4978-9272-480ac397f02f

‘Haughty and above it all’: No sign of contrition from killer Luka Magnotta in new book

Deny, deny, deny.

Anyone looking for signs of remorse from Luka Magnotta for killing and dismembering an international student won’t find it in a newly published book that includes extensive interviews with the former escort, who came to be widely known as an attention-seeking narcissist.

“He presents the same way now as he did back then. Rather haughty and above it all,” says true-crime author Brian Whitney, who co-wrote the book with Magnotta’s mother, Anna Yourkin.

Yourkin, who had remained largely out of the spotlight until now, offers in the opening pages of the book “My Son, The Killer” her “deepest condolences” to the family of victim Jun Lin, before going on to describe in detail the “nightmare” she and her family went through.

Through all the grief, anger, depression, shame and fear, she says she has never stopped loving her son and is “proud to be his mother.” She maintains he is “not

Read more at: https://vancouversun.com/news/canada/haughty-and-above-it-all-no-sign-of-contrition-from-killer-luka-magnotta-in-new-book/wcm/19750d3e-61c9-40ec-8dd5-82bc67c05b4d

‘Haughty and above it all’: No sign of contrition from killer Luka Magnotta in new book

Deny, deny, deny.

Anyone looking for signs of remorse from Luka Magnotta for killing and dismembering an international student won’t find it in a newly published book that includes extensive interviews with the former escort, who came to be widely known as an attention-seeking narcissist.

“He presents the same way now as he did back then. Rather haughty and above it all,” says true-crime author Brian Whitney, who co-wrote the book with Magnotta’s mother, Anna Yourkin.

Yourkin, who had remained largely out of the spotlight until now, offers in the opening pages of the book “My Son, The Killer” her “deepest condolences” to the family of victim Jun Lin, before going on to describe in detail the “nightmare” she and her family went through.

Through all the grief, anger, depression, shame and fear, she says she has never stopped loving her son and is “proud to be his mother.” She maintains he is “not

Read more at: https://ottawacitizen.com/news/canada/haughty-and-above-it-all-no-sign-of-contrition-from-killer-luka-magnotta-in-new-book/wcm/dd20e4d2-aa5f-456a-9274-dda91e5365a7

The Savage Stack – SINISTER (2012)

There’s always going to be – for lack of a better term – a stack of films we’ve been meaning to get to. Whether it’s a pile of DVDs and Blu-rays haphazardly amassed atop our television stands, or a seemingly endless digital queue on our respective streaming accounts, there’s simply more movies than time to watch them. This column is here to make that problem worse. Ostensibly an extension of Everybody’s Into Weirdness (may that series rest in peace), The Savage Stack is a compilation of the odd and magnificent motion pictures you probably should be watching instead of popping in The Avengers for the 2,000th time. Not that there’s anything wrong with filmic “comfort food” (God knows we all have titles we frequently return to when we crave that warm and fuzzy feeling), but if you love movies, you should never stop searching for the next title that’s going to make

Read more at: https://birthmoviesdeath.com/2018/11/12/the-savage-stack-sinister-2012

Secrets of the serial-killer whisperer

This is the promise of an evening of conversation with Howard in Melbourne next week. Apart from sharing stories about five or so killers whom she has got to know up close, the night will also feature, according to her promoter, “a significant announcement on the night about a particular serial killer who has just agreed to tell his story”.

I ask her: is it Milat? She brushes me off smoothly. She seems to be a highly self-contained person, not easily rattled.

She has spoken publicly about her husband’s suicide last year, his difficult childhood and the suffering of her children – and, in fact, seems to be more open about this complicated loss than she is about the killers she has invited into her life.

In the end, they’re just work.

Still, there’s a moment where she stutters, whenever she mentions the name of the serial killer, rapist and burglar Richard Ramirez, known

Read more at: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/victoria/secrets-of-the-serial-killer-whisperer-20181109-p50f5v.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed

Secrets of the serial-killer whisperer

This is the promise of an evening of conversation with Howard in Melbourne next week. Apart from sharing stories about five or so killers whom she has got to know up close, the night will also feature, according to her promoter, “a significant announcement on the night about a particular serial killer who has just agreed to tell his story”.

I ask her: is it Milat? She brushes me off smoothly. She seems to be a highly self-contained person, not easily rattled.

She has spoken publicly about her husband’s suicide last year, his difficult childhood and the suffering of her children – and, in fact, seems to be more open about this complicated loss than she is about the killers she has invited into her life.

In the end, they’re just work.

Still, there’s a moment where she stutters, whenever she mentions the name of the serial killer, rapist and burglar Richard Ramirez, known

Read more at: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/secrets-of-the-serial-killer-whisperer-20181109-p50f5v.html

Black Dahlia Murder Comes Full-Circle at So Pas Library

Steve Hodel brought his message that his father was the Black Dahlia murderer to the South Pasadena Public Library recently. Photos by Steve Whitmore

It’s arguably the most famous, or infamous for that matter, unsolved murder in the history of Los Angeles and startling revelations were presented last week at the So Pas Public Library that finally could answer the question: Who did it? 

Dr. George Hill Hodel did it, or so says his son, Steve Hodel, a well-respected, retired Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) homicide detective.

It’s known as the Black Dahlia murder, where a young, beautiful 22-year-old woman named Elizabeth Short was killed, surgically bisected and then posed naked in an open lot about six miles south of Hollywood in 1947. 

Over the years, scores of people have confessed to the

Read more at: https://southpasadenareview.com/black-dahlia-murder-comes-full-circle-at-so-pas-library/

What Good Are Monsters? Why We’re Drawn to True Crime

When Mary Went Missing: What’s True Crime?

Mary Rogers was a 19-year-old working at a cigar store in downtown Manhattan, not far from her mother’s boarding house, when she didn’t come home one Sunday evening. No one realized that Mary was missing until Monday night. The teenager’s body was discovered in the Hudson River three days later. She’d been floating near Hoboken with clear signs of sexual assault, ligatures, and strangulation. The perpetrator was never found.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the case, you have nearly 180 years of investigation at your disposal. Mary Rogers’ murder took place in July 1841. The press coverage that followed set a precedent for high profile crime stories. In particular, Edgar Allan Poe was living in obscurity in Philadelphia when the country was gripped by the story of an undetected predator having brutalized the young girl. When Poe published his

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